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Module: ShellFileDisk in Category Windows : File and Disk Operations from Total Visual SourceBook

Windows shell routines to work with folder and disk in VB6 and VBA with 32 and 64 bit Windows API calls.

The Windows Shell user interface exposes its functionality through a variety of functions exported from the SHELL32.DLL library. This module makes it easy to use this functionality in your applications.

Procedure List

Procedure Name

Type

Description

(Declarations) Declarations Declarations and private variables for the modShellFileDisk module
AddToRecentDocs Procedure Add a file to the 'Documents' submenu on the Windows Start menu.
ClearRecentDocs Procedure Clear the list of recently opened documents from the Windows Start menu.
GetShellAppdataLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's AppData folder.
GetShellCommonDesktopDirectoryLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's CommonDesktopDirectory folder.
GetShellCommonProgramsLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's CommonPrograms folder.
GetShellCommonStartMenuLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's CommonStartMenu folder.
GetShellCommonStartupLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's CommonStartup folder.
GetShellDesktopDirectoryLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's DesktopDirectory folder.
GetShellDesktopLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's Desktop folder.
GetShellFavoritesLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's Favorites folder.
GetShellFontsLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's Fonts folder.
GetShellPersonalLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's Personal folder.
GetShellProgramsLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's Programs folder.
GetShellRecentLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's Recent folder.
GetShellSendToLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's SendTo folder.
GetShellStartMenuLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's StartMenu folder.
GetShellStartupLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's Startup folder.
GetShellTemplatesLocation Procedure Get the path of the user's Templates folder.
ShellCopyFile Procedure Copy a file or files to a single destination.
ShellFormatDisk Procedure Show the Windows shell format disk dialog.
ShellRecycleFile Procedure Send the specified file or files to the Windows recycle bin.

Example Code for Using Module: ShellFileDisk

' Example of modShellFileDisk
'
' To try this example, do the following:
' 1. Create a new form
' 2. Create a list box named 'lstExample'
' 3. Create the following command buttons
'       'cmdTest'
'       'cmdRecentDocs'
'       'cmdFileOps'
'       'cmdFormat'
' 4. Paste all the code from this example to the new form's module.

' This example assumes that the sample files are located in the folder named by the following constant.
Private Const mcstrSamplePath As String = "C:\Total Visual SourceBook 2013\Samples\"

Private Sub cmdFormat_Click()
  ' Example of ShellFormatDisk
  ' Uncomment this routine in order to test it on your machine

  Dim fResult As Boolean

  'If MsgBox("Are you sure you want to format the A drive?", vbYesNo) = vbYes Then
  '  fResult = ShellFormatDisk(Me.hwnd, "a", True, False, False)
  'End If

  MsgBox fResult

End Sub

Private Sub cmdTest_Click()
  Dim strOutput As String

  With lstExample
    ' clear the list.  In VB6 use .Clear
    .RowSource = ""

    ' Example of GetShellAppdataLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellAppdataLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellAppdataLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellCommonDesktopDirectoryLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellCommonDesktopDirectoryLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellCommonDesktopDirectoryLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellCommonProgramsLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellCommonProgramsLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellCommonProgramsLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellCommonStartMenuLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellCommonStartMenuLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellCommonStartMenuLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellCommonStartupLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellCommonStartupLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellCommonStartupLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellDesktopDirectoryLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellDesktopDirectoryLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellDesktopDirectoryLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellDesktopLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellDesktopLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellDesktopLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellFavoritesLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellFavoritesLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellFavoritesLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellFontsLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellFontsLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellFontsLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellPersonalLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellPersonalLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellPersonalLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellProgramsLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellProgramsLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellProgramsLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellRecentLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellRecentLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellRecentLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellSendToLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellSendToLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellSendToLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellStartMenuLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellStartMenuLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellStartMenuLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellStartupLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellStartupLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellStartupLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput

    ' Example of GetShellTemplatesLocation
    .AddItem "----- GetShellTemplatesLocation -----"
    strOutput = GetShellTemplatesLocation(Me.hWnd)
    .AddItem strOutput
  End With
End Sub

Private Sub cmdFileOps_Click()

  Dim strFile As String
  Dim strDest As String

  strFile = mcstrSamplePath & "test.txt"
  strDest = mcstrSamplePath & "testcopy.txt"

  ' Example of ShellCopyFile
  ShellCopyFile Me.hWnd, strFile, strDest, False, "Copy file test..."

  If MsgBox("Is it OK to recycle the file just copied?", vbYesNo + vbQuestion) = vbYes Then
    ' Example of ShellRecycleFile
    ShellRecycleFile Me.hWnd, strDest, True, "Deleting test file"
  End If

End Sub

Private Sub cmdRecentDocs_Click()
  Dim strDoc As String

  strDoc = mcstrSamplePath & "test.txt"

  ' Example of AddToRecentDocs
  AddToRecentDocs strDoc
  MsgBox "The document " & strDoc & " was added to the Recent Document list"

  If MsgBox("Is it OK to clear your list of recent docs?", vbYesNo + vbQuestion) = vbYes Then
    ' Example of ClearRecentDocs
    ClearRecentDocs
  End If

End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()
  cmdTest.Caption = "Test"
  cmdRecentDocs.Caption = "Recent Docs"
  cmdFileOps.Caption = "File Operations"
  cmdFormat.Caption = "Format"

  ' By default, this it Table/Query but we want to specify our own list of values from code
  lstExample.RowSourceType = "Value List"
End Sub

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